Richmond-San Rafael Forward

Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Forward implements a suite of strategies to address congestion and improve options for traveling in the RSR Bridge corridor.

Karl Nielsen

Changes are afoot on the Richmond-San Rafael (RSR) Bridge. Improvements include infrastructure changes and programs to support crossing the bridge by bicycle.

RSR Open Road Tolling and I-580 Westbound HOV Lane

The RSR open road tolling and I-580 westbound HOV lane provide safety and operational improvements on westbound I-580 approaching the RSR Bridge by:

  • Converting one of the three existing general-purpose lanes to a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane, beginning at the I-580 / Regatta Avenue Interchange
  • Replacing the existing tolling structure with overhead toll gantries east of the existing toll booths

Staff Contact

Ingrid Supit, Project Manager
Email: isupit@bayareametro.gov

Richmond-San Rafael E-Bike Commute Program

MTC’s Richmond-San Rafael Bridge E-Bike Commute Program promotes the use of electric bicycles (e-bikes) for commuting across the RSR Bridge bicycle/pedestrian path.

E-bikes offer many benefits that make bicycle commutes possible. For example, e-bikes can help riders go farther with less effort, even up hills and in windy conditions. Bike riders also save money on tolls, gas and parking.

Through this program, MTC will provide discounts on e-bike purchases to residents living and working in Richmond, San Rafael and other nearby communities where bike commutes across the RSR Bridge are viable. The program will also offer incentives to riders for bike commute trips using the RSR Bridge path.

RSR E-Bike Program Staff Contact

Michelle Go, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6649
Email: mgo@bayareametro.gov

RSR Rides

RSR Rides supports local community organizations and bicycle retailers who lead group bike and e-bike rides on the RSR Bridge during peak periods.

All rides begin from within a quarter mile of a high-frequency transit stop (such as a BART station). Rides include bike education and safety, and offer opportunities to try riding e-bikes.

RSR Rides Staff Contact

Lily Brown, Program Manager
Phone: (415) 778-6721
Email: lbrown@bayareametro.gov

Upcoming RSR Rides Events

Sunday, October 16, 2022 at 11 a.m.

  • Ride Partner: Rich City Rides
  • Ride start location: Rich City Rides Unity Park bike Hub: 1601 Ohio Ave, Richmond, CA 94804 (Directions from BART station West exit: Proceed South on 16th st towards Macdonald Ave. Continue straight on 16th St past Bissel and Chanslor Ave until you arrive at 16th St and Ohio Ave. View in Google Maps.)
  • Transit Accessibility: 0.4 miles from Richmond BART (8 min walk or 3 min ride)
  • End time and location: 1 p.m. at the Rich City Rides Unity Park Bike Hub: 1601 Ohio Ave, Richmond, CA 94804
  • Link to the ride page: richcityrides.org/calendar
  • Link to the online registration: 10/16 Rich City Rides registration
  • Contact info: Email: info@richcityrides.org, phone: (510) 288-0944
  • Other important ride information:
    • A limited amount of loaner e-bikes are available for the ride. Email info@richcityrides.org to coordinate advance reservations.
    • We'll start gathering at 10 a.m, at the Rich City Rides Unity Park Bike Hub where we can inspect your bicycles, make adjustments if necessary, and do e-bike fits.
    • On this 15.4 mile route, we will ride to Point San Quentin where we'll take a break, and then head back.
    • A pre-ride sign-in sheet and liability waiver will collect complete participant contact info.
    • Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
    • A working bicycle and helmet are required for participation.

Saturday, November 5, 2022 at 9 a.m.

  • Ride Partner: Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Ride start location: SMART Larkspur station parking lot
  • Transit Accessibility: This ride starts from the parking lot at the SMART Larkspur station. If you are planning to arrive by transit/SMART, a southbound train is scheduled to arrive at the Larkspur station at 8:55 a.m.
  • End time and location: This ride will officially end at the parking lot at the SMART Larkspur station at approximately 12 p.m. (21.6 mile route). The MCBC ride leaders will stop for lunch at the Marin Country Mart in Larkspur.  Ride participants who wish to accompany the MCBC leaders are invited to do so (not as part of this official MTC event).
  • Link to the ride page: marinbike.org/calendar
  • Link to the online registration: RSR Bridge Ride with MCBC 11/5/22
  • Contact info: Matt Farber (email: matt@marinbike.org, phone: 954-328-1318). 
  • Other important ride information: Any riders under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registrations are recommended, but not required. A pre-ride sign-in sheet and liability waiver will collect complete participant contact info. For people driving to the start of the ride, you can park at the Larkspur Ferry parking lot for free on weekends. Parking is also available at the SMART Larkspur station for $2/day (follow this Google Maps pin to the lot above the ferry parking).

RSR Rides Partners include:

  • Bike East Bay
  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition (MCBC)
  • Rich City Rides